Three red wines for sharing with your loved one when it’s cold outside, and you’re inside! 

McWatters Collection Meritage 2013, Okanagan Valley, BC 

This opulent wine is so seductive on the nose and draws you in drooling. There are ripe berry aromas to greet you on your first swirl of the glass – cassis, mulberries, a hint of mint, some lovage, and a little cigar box… can’t wait to taste it! I am rewarded with a hit of dark and luscious fruit, a softness yet power coming through making me hungry for anything with a port wine reduction – especially duck breast! But lamb chops and venison too – bring it on! 

CSPC 789667 $29   

Upper Bench Pinot Noir 2015, Okanagan Valley, BC 

The back of the bottle says that there are only 316 cases of this pinot noir produced, so I feel very privileged to be sipping it and letting you know how it is. The nose immediately tells you that it’s made from ripe fruit, as there’s a lush richness to the black cherry aroma and some peppery spice that makes you want to bring the glass to your lips and sip. The dark fruit flavours carry through on the palate, along with a little mintiness and some cured meat and salami. This is no shy, retiring pinot – it’s a full-bodied, fullflavoured treat with or without food. 

CSPC 90514 Around $30 

Buena Vista 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon North Coast

When the temperature drops and all you want to do is curl up in front of the fire and watch a film, this is probably the bottle you’re reaching for. Incredibly silky-smooth, it’s the satin sheets of California Cabs. Ripe blackcurrants lead the way on the nose with hints of tea leaves tucked in behind. On the palate, it’s lush, rich, and round, with a sprinkling of black pepper, and just a touch of menthol to lift it. Decision made. 

CSPC 778012 $23 

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